The second annual Cowboy BBQ of Henderson returns to the Water Street District with a Texas-sized barbecue showcasing top vendors from across the country, carnival rides and live entertainment for the whole family on October 4-6, 2013. Cowboy BBQ is a three-day barbecue extravaganza featuring the ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, sausages, chicken and more. The community’s cook-off contest features the best professional pit masters and local amateurs grilling award-winning barbeque dishes for a chance to be crowned the champion. For extreme BBQ lovers, rather than choosing among these top competitors coming from around the country, taste them all in the VIP Rib Village. Drinks, chicken, pulled pork, salad, sides, desserts and guaranteed seating is included. The event takes place at Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., in the Water Street District in Henderson, NV. The event is complimentary, but food, drinks and some activities, like the VIP Rib Village experience, may require paid tickets. Friday, October 4, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, October 6, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.